Attentive and well trained, Ruby the pit bull doesn’t bark very often.
“These beautiful creatures are not to be handled lightly as we see his beak and talons are weapons,” officials wrote.
A seal was recently spotted on the beach at Cape Point in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the southern Outer Banks.
“That thing could bite my leg off if it wanted to!” one man said.
Officers found the dog badly hurt from an obvious head injury.
The deer could not walk on the slick ice and so it could not leave the area.
The two thieves pried open the back door and raced in to the area where the expensive puppies were kept.
The charges came after a March 2017 raid in which 13 pitbulls were seized.
“Due to their size and strength these snakes put local wildlife, pets, and even children at risk,” police wrote.
The species usually lives farther south in tropical waters off Mexico and Central America.